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Exile ESB - Evolution Craft Brewing Company

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201 Ratings

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Ratings: 201
Reviews: 73
rAvg: 3.62
pDev: 11.6%
Wants: 3
Gots: 16 | FT: 1
Brewed by:
Evolution Craft Brewing Company visit their website
Maryland, United States

Style | ABV
Extra Special / Strong Bitter (ESB) |  5.80% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
48 IBU

(Beer added by: lackenhauser on 05-02-2009)
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Photo of tigg924
3.5/5  rDev -3.3%

Nice bready malts with just enough hop balance. A nice, lighter version of the style that is good for warm weather. I have had better in the style, but this is certainly enjoyable.

tigg924, Sep 06, 2014
Photo of dbl_delta
4.25/5  rDev +17.4%

dbl_delta, Aug 25, 2014
Photo of dantezeull
3.75/5  rDev +3.6%

dantezeull, Jul 18, 2014
Photo of Liverocks
3.5/5  rDev -3.3%

Liverocks, Jul 16, 2014
Photo of wrightst
4/5  rDev +10.5%

wrightst, Jul 07, 2014
Photo of BH712
3.5/5  rDev -3.3%

BH712, Jun 23, 2014
Photo of BrewStrong2156
3/5  rDev -17.1%

BrewStrong2156, Jun 21, 2014
Photo of budvii
3.5/5  rDev -3.3%

budvii, Jun 13, 2014
Photo of Vogt52
3.75/5  rDev +3.6%

Vogt52, Jun 11, 2014
Photo of Vonerichs
3.74/5  rDev +3.3%

Dark but clear amber. Great tan head an excellent retention.

Sweet caramel and bready aroma. Light floral notes.

Very malty and sweet. Toffee, Hawaiian bread. Herbal.

Very smooth mouthfeel. Soft body with moderate carbonation.

A very good esb. It lacks in hops, but decent flavor.

Vonerichs, Jun 10, 2014
Photo of DrunkinYogi
3.5/5  rDev -3.3%

DrunkinYogi, Jun 02, 2014
Photo of millerbuffoon
3.75/5  rDev +3.6%

millerbuffoon, Jun 01, 2014
Photo of KevMo84
3.5/5  rDev -3.3%

KevMo84, May 28, 2014
Photo of stephenjmoore
3.5/5  rDev -3.3%

stephenjmoore, May 24, 2014
Photo of cjac
3.75/5  rDev +3.6%

cjac, May 15, 2014
Photo of sebaastionb
4.25/5  rDev +17.4%

sebaastionb, May 11, 2014
Photo of ThisWangsChung
3.16/5  rDev -12.7%

12 oz bottle into a pint glass. Label says "Exile Red Ale".

A: Pours a rusty copper color. The head is a finger high, and off-white in shade. Retention isn't particularly good, and the head's texture is bubbly (almost like soda, but not quite). No lacing is left behind.

S: Very caramely, and also rather nutty. There's also some welcome spiciness from the hops - I'm glad this won't be a total malt bomb. Every so often, some brown sugar hints will pop up. I really think this could use a few fruit esters to take this one over the top.

T: Again, the primary flavor is caramel, and a ton of it. It's moderately well defined as well. Just a touch of earthy hops on the finish. Really simple (again, I'm missing some fruit esters to really make this one work), it must be said. It does an acceptable job of working with what it has, though.

M: I am SO glad this beer is well attenuated and dry. After a while, some sweetness does linger on the palate, but it's hardly enough to make this a chore. It's fairly creamy on the palate, without overdone carbonation.

O: I was torn trying this beer: I like Evolution, but then I realized "lol, ESB" and passed it up time after time. Well, after finally giving this a chance, I can now say that this is an okay example of an ESB - that fact I actually half-like this is a minor miracle (take note, I *don't* like ESBs). Still, there's a good chance I'm going to forget about this beer a month from now.

ThisWangsChung, May 08, 2014
Photo of MikeWard
3.5/5  rDev -3.3%

MikeWard, May 05, 2014
Photo of u2carew
3.25/5  rDev -10.2%

12oz longneck
A) Pours with a finger thick head that is tight, beige in color. Clear copper colored body.
S) Earthy sweet hop aroma. Slight bit musky.
T) A bit on the malty side. Caramel. Hints of alcohol in the finish.
M) Medium-light body. Dry and tannic in the finish.
O) A bit too malty for an ESB. The body is fine, but the taste is a bit thin.

u2carew, Apr 22, 2014
Photo of apasternak
3.25/5  rDev -10.2%

apasternak, Apr 19, 2014
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2.75/5  rDev -24%

DubCo21, Apr 15, 2014
Photo of PhillyNole
3.75/5  rDev +3.6%

PhillyNole, Mar 29, 2014
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3.25/5  rDev -10.2%

slvrmon82, Mar 18, 2014
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3.25/5  rDev -10.2%

Dave_Treat, Mar 15, 2014
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3.5/5  rDev -3.3%

jbexphys, Mar 08, 2014
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Exile ESB from Evolution Craft Brewing Company
82 out of 100 based on 201 ratings.